Originally Posted by jmike
me and the wife walk the pasture a lot, kids have their swings out there under an oak tree, sometimes I mow down the brush out there, was out there yesterday fixing the fence in a few places ... we spend a lot of time out there
We are trying to work out the feeding situation --- the 2 new horses crowd our space a lot and it is not safe.
If trained to respect you then being the pasture will not be a problem at all. Yes, even well trained horses will sometimes get a wild hair and start running around when you are in a pasture, so you always should keep an eye out, but if you are doing that you should be able to be in the pasture and be perfectly safe.
I would start with making her respect you with feeding time. I will not usually discipline another persons horse, but if one of the horses in my barn gets in my space while I'm feeding I let them know on no uncertain terms that that is not acceptable. What I did with my mare, is teach her that she would not get her food until she would stand a few steps back and wait for me to walk away from it. This will not be easy to teach two horses at once if they are loose with each other, so if you can separate the mare while you feed the filly, that will make your life easier.
Take a lunge whip with you and make her stay a few steps back from the food. When she tries to crowd in, crack the whip and run her off. Be careful, because she will probably kick out. Continue to chase her away from the food until she will stand relaxed a few steps away, only then is it ok to move off and let her eat. This will probably take a long time at first, but as time goes on she will learn that if she just waits at a respectful distance, then she will get the food faster. If my horse starts to crowd me for her grain now, all I have to do is point and tell her to get back and she will wait for me to set her bowl down and move off before eating.